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Richard J. Mills

Football ∙ Beaver

 

 

 

 

Rickard J Mills earned nine letters in high school, three each in football, basketball, and track and field. He was All County in 1955 and 1956 and in 1956 earned All WPIAL as a tackle. He qualified for the WPIAL in 1957 as a discus thrower. University of Pittsburgh Coach John Michelosen recruited Dick, who earned three letters and was voted All East in 1960 for the Panthers, also winning honorable mention All American and playing in the All American and Copper Bowl All Star Games. During the 1959 season, Dick picked up a blocked punt against arch rival West Virginia and scored the only touchdown of his career, but the Panthers still lost to the Mountaineers. After graduating from Pitt in 1961, Dick was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round and the Dallas Texans of the American Football League. Electing to sign with the Lions, he played the 1961 and 1962 seasons for Detroit, but was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1962, where a knee injury in training camp ended his season. The following year saw Dick in Pittsburgh Steelers training camp before being released. Dick returned to Pitt to assist Michelosen during the 1965 season and to earn a law degree, which he did in 1966.